Saturday, February 07, 2015
That Wilding was both an author and artist is proven by the publication of The Book of American Frontier History, which he wrote and illustrated.
It would seem that Wilding started his career as an artist. A catalogue was issued by the Brook Street Art Gallery to accompany an exhibition of landscapes, flowers and still-life paintings by Wilding held at 14 Brook Street, London, between the 17th and 29th of April, 1939.
What happened to Wilding after that is unknown, nor do I know the full extent of his comics output. If I were to make a (semi-)educated guess, I would say that Wilding retired in the 1960s, which is why his output diminished. Along with the knowledge that he had an artistic career prior to the Second World War, and having done a little digging in birth, death and marriage records, I would say that he was Philip Charles Wilding, born 23 October 1897.
He married Elsie M. Robinson in Fulham in 1942 and they lived together at 66 Talgarth Road. Fulham W.14 after the war until at least 1957. Later they retired to Bury St. Edmunds, Suffolk, where Elsie died in 1968, aged 70, and Philip died in 1970, aged 72.
However, I should add that this is guesswork on my part and hopefully someone who knew Wilding will get in touch with confirmation or a correction.
Spaceflight Venus. London, Hennel Locke, 1954.
Shadow Over Earth. London, Hennel Locke, 1956.
Johnny Reb. A novel for young readers. London, Hennel Locke, 1959.
Murder with Merit. London, Banner Books 103, 1959?
Murder with Honor. London, Banner Books 116, 1960.
Novels as Jefferson Fraser
Guns of Willow Creek. London, Quality Press, 1948.
Down the Trail. London, Partridge Publications, 1952.
Fightin' Outlaw. London, Partridge Publications, 1952.
Buckskin Breed. London, Rich & Cowan, 1952.
Lawless Valley. London, Hennel Locke, 1952.
Rawhide Rand. London, Rich & Cowan, 1953; as by Logan Stuart, Long Preston, Dales Large Print Books, 2006.
Renegade Ambush. London, Rich & Cowan, 1953.
The Oxbow Brand. London, Hennel Locke, 1953.
Rebel from the South. London, Quality Press, 1953.
Sombrero Ramrod. London, Rich & Cowan, 1954.
Feud at Broken Wheel. London, Rich & Cowan, 1955.
Brand of the Tomohawk. London, Rich & Cowan, 1955.
Fast With a Gun. London, Rich & Cowan, 1956.
Roughshod. London, John Long, 1957.
Stage City. London, John Long, 1957; reprinted, Banner Books 100, 1959?.
The Alamo Kid. London, Frederick Muller, 1958.
Novels as John Robert Haynes
The Scream from Outer Space. London, Rich & Cowan, 1955; reprinted Panther 852, 1958.
Novels as Lloyd Marshall
Trail of the Horse Thief. London & Melbourne, Ward, Lock & Co., 1954.
Novels as Erle Russell
Dust Over Warpath. London, Hennel Locke, 1953.
Bitter Trail. London, Hennel Locke, 1954.
Savage Country. London, Hennel Locke, 1957.
Novels as Borden Stanton
Marshal's Badge. London & Melbourne, Ward, Lock & Co., 1954.
The Gentle Gunman. London & Melbourne, Ward, Lock & Co., 1955; as by Logan Stuart, Long Preston, Dales Large Print Books, 2006.
Novels as Logan Stuart
Hold-up at Hondo Bend. London, Rich & Cowan, 1954.
Justice in the Saddle. London, Rich & Cowan, 1954.
Brady of the Cimarron. London, Rich & Cowan, 1955.
Apache Fury. London, Rich & Cowan, 1956.
The Man From Spanish Creek. London, Rich & Cowan, 1957.
The Bandit Hunter. London, John Long, 1957; reprinted, Banner Books 109, 1960?.
Tough Outfit. London, John Long, 1958; reprinted, Banner Books 104, 1959?.
Outlaw Bunch. London, Robert Hale, 1960; Brown Watson W222, 1963.
Landscape, Flowers and Still-Life Paintings by Philip Wilding. London, Brook Street Galleries, 1939.
The Book of American Frontier History, written and illustrated. London, George G. Harrap & Co., 1958.
By Wagon to Santa Fe. Western Picture Library 6, Nov 1958.
Jim Bridger's Wilderness Fort. Western Picture Library 12, Feb 1959.
Jim Bridger Rides the Danger Trail. Western Picture Library 14, Mar 1959.
Jim Bridger and the Enchanted Mesa. Western Picture Library 16, Apr 1959.
Jim Bridger Meets the Son of Red Cloud, illus. Bernal. Western Picture Library 18, May 1959.
Jim Bowie and the Massacre of Medicine Bow, illus. Bob Webster. Western Picture Library, Jun 1959.
Blood in the Sand, illus. Manuel Zatarain. Commando 128, Aug 1964.
Fighting Fury, illus. Martin Salvador. Commando 159, Apr 1965.
Man the Guns, illus. Edmond Ripol. Giant War Picture Library 62, Sep 1965.
Ring of Steel, illus. Bielsa. Commando 201, Feb 1966.
Traverse and Fire, illus. Pat Nicolle. War Picture Library 418, Jan 1968.